From day one I knew where I wanted to be. A successful, independent and empowering young woman. I left college at 18 with A-Levels in Mathematics, Business Studies and Psychology, I did not want to take the traditional route to university and when I left college I took a year out. Thankfully the common perception of a gap year has substantially changed in the last decade. I was able to gain full time employment whilst commencing on a personal journey which has been instrumental in laying the foundations to develop me into the mature, sensible and compassionate person I am today in both work & life. After considering my options, I knew I wanted to embark on an apprenticeship scheme and I have grown up with family working in both the engineering and defence industry. This led to me successfully gaining an apprenticeship role at Thales & taking the bold decision to relocate to the city of hard work ethic and hub of activity that is Manchester. My current title is a Project Planning and Controls Apprentice.